COVID – 19 Programs and Updates As of July 29, 2020

Financial Assistance for Individuals

Financial Relief for Business

Provincial and Federal Government



COVID-19 Reopening

The Ontario government announced nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 of the province’s reopening framework with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place on FRIDAY JULY 17 2020. As Ontario continues down the path to economic recovery, decisions on which regions will enter Stage 3 and when will be made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts and based on trends of key public health indicators. (July 13, 2020)

The complete announcement on Stage 3 is found here: https://files.ontario.ca/mof-framework-reopening-province-stage-3-en-2020-07-13.pdf 

As the country re-opens the Federal government will spend $14 billion for PPE and other measures to help as Canadians return to work, including Daycare. (June 5, 2020)

Childcare Centres (June 9, 2020)

Childcare centres and home care providers across Ontario will be able to reopen with strict safety and operational requirements in place, similar to the safety guidelines required for emergency child care centres. Centres will be required to adopt specific rules, including:

• Cohorting ― putting children and staff in groups of 10 or less day over day;
• COVID-19 response plan ― all childcare settings will be required to have a plan in place if a child, parent or staff member/provider is exposed to COVID-19;
• Screening ― all staff and children must be screened prior to entry to the childcare setting. Anyone feeling unwell must stay home;
• Daily attendance records ― child care settings must keep daily records of all attendees in order to support contact tracing;
• Cleaning ― child care settings must be thoroughly cleaned before opening and frequently thereafter;
• No visitors ― only essential visitors are permitted entry into the childcare setting;
• Implementing drop-off and pick-up protocols in a way that facilitates physical distancing.

Effective immediately, staff can re-enter childcare facilities and begin preparation for reopening. When these operators have met all the strict and stringent guidelines for reopening, they will be permitted to reopen.

As the province safely and gradually enters Stage 3, child care centres and home child care providers across Ontario will be able to continue to operate with strict safety and operational requirements in place. Beginning on July 27, 2020, child care centres will be permitted to operate with cohorts of 15 children, which is an increase from the current cohort cap of 10. This change will allow parents to return to work, and bring the child care sector to approximately 90 per cent of its operating capacity before the COVID-19 outbreak. (July 13, 2020)

Economy

Ontario introduced the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, if passed the act will:

  • Restart Jobs and development
  • Strengthen communities and Municipalities to ensure they are equipped to provide critical and essential services
  • Create opportunities for people ast they receover by protecting consumers, modernizing services, improving the education system and removing social and economic barriers that stand in the way of success for young people

The act will support the long term economic health of the province. (July 8, 2020)

Small Business

The Ontario government announced the following businesses will be able to reopen under strict guidelines on Monday May 4, 2020 at 12:01am:

  • Garden centres and nurseries with curbside pick-up and delivery only;
  • Lawn care and landscaping;
  • Additional essential construction projects that include:
    • shipping and logistics;
    •  broadband, telecommunications, and digital infrastructure;
    •  any other project that supports the improved delivery of goods and services;
    • municipal projects;
    • colleges and universities;
    • childcare centres;
    • schools; and
    • site preparation, excavation, and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development;
  • Automatic and self-serve car washes;
  • Auto dealerships, open by appointment only;
  • Golf courses may prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but not open to the public; and
  •  Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.

The Ontario government announced that additional measures are being taken to open up the economy: (May 6, 2020)

  • Garden Centres and Nurseries will be allowed to Open their doors on Friday May 8, 2020, operating under the same guidelines and grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Hardware and Safety supply Stores will be allowed to re-open on Saturday May 9, 2020
  • Retail shops with street entrances will be allowed to offer curbside pick-up to customers on Monday May 11, 2020

Further announcements – the following will be allowed to open, if they are prepared to open on Tuesday May 19, 2020: (May 14, 2020)

  • Off-Leash Dog Parks
  • Tennis Courts
  • Household Services (cleaning and maintenance)
  • All construction can resume

Ontario’s first stage of reopening will begin on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and will include:

  • Retail services that are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing, such as limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time and booking appointments beforehand or on the spot.
  • Seasonal businesses and recreational activities for individual or single competitors, including training and sport competitions conducted by a recognized national or provincial sport organization. This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played while maintaining physical distancing and without spectators, such as tennis, track and field and horse racing.
  • Animal services, specifically pet care services, such as grooming and training, and regular veterinary appointments.
  • Drive-In religious gatherings are allowed under certain conditions
    • Only members of the same family can be in the vehicle
    • People cannot leave their vehicles

Further announcements the following will be allowed to open, if they are prepared to open on Friday June 5, 2020: (June 4, 2020)

  • Short-term rental will be allowed to resume operations, including cottages, cabins, lodges, condos and B&Bs

Ontario announced a regional Phase Two reopening to take effect Friday June 11, 2020: (June 8, 2020)

  • Public gatherings increased to 10
  • Places of Worship can open to 30% capacity

Phase 2 continues with Ontario announcing ‘social circles’ of up to 10 people. People in the circles are able to come in close contact without physical distancing. (June 12, 2020)
Public health unit regions allowed to move into Stage 2 on Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. include:

  • Algoma Public Health
  • Brant County Health Unit
  • Chatham-Kent Public Health
  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit
  • Grey Bruce Health Unit
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
  • Huron Perth Public Health
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health
  • Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
  • Northwestern Health Unit
  • Ottawa Public Health
  • Peterborough Public Health
  • Porcupine Health Unit
  • Public Health Sudbury & Districts
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit
  • Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit
  • Southwestern Public Health
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit
  • Timiskaming Health Unit
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Stage Two reopening continues with more regions being given the approval to open up businesses. The follow regions have been allowed to open on Friday June 19, 2020. (June 15, 2020)

  • Durham Region Health Department
  • Haldiman-Norfolk Health Unit
  • Halton Region Health Department
  • Hamilton Public Health Services
  • Lambton Health Unit
  • Niagara Region Public Health Department
  • York Region Public Health Services

Businesses and services permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place in regions entering Stage 2 include:

  • Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties;
  • Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons;
  • Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;
  • Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
  • Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools;
  • Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks;
  • Camping at private campgrounds;
  • Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing;
  • Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
  • Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing; and
  • Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.

Stage Two reopening continues with more regions being given the approval to open businesses.  The follow regions have been allowed to open on Thursday June 25, 2020. (June 25, 2020)

  • Windsor-Essex (excluding Leamington and Kingsville

Healthcare

Ontario will allow elective surgeries to resume across the province (May 7, 2020)

On Tuesday May 19, 2020 Ontario will resume all scheduled surgeries and in person counselling. (May 14, 2020)

Ontario will resume family visits in Long-Term Care Homes starting June 18, 2020. (June 11,2020)

The 30-day limit on prescriptions will be lifted effective June 15, 2020. (June 11, 2020)

National and Provincial Parks

Ontario will reopen Provincial Parks on Monday May 11, 2020 for limited recreational activities.  All parks and conservation areas will be open by Friday May 15, 2020. (May 9, 2020).  Backcountry camping will be available effective June 1, 2020. (May 30, 2020)

Effective May 16, 2020 all Private Parks and Campgrounds, Marinas, Golf Courses and Animal boarding services are OPEN (May 14, 2020)

Ontario will open Beaches on June 12, 2020 and Ontario Parks’ Seasonal Campsites Program on June 15, 2020.  All other campgrounds in regions entering Stage 2 will open beginning the week of June 22, 2020 along with washrooms, water taps and trailer sanitization stations. Cabins and other roofed accommodations will open over the next several weeks. (June 10, 2020)

Some National Parks Heritage Sites will be open effective June 1, 2020. No camping will be allowed for the time being. (May 14, 2020)

Staring June 22, 2020 Parks Canada will gradually open some campsites. (June 17, 2020)

Business Financial Relief Measures

 $1.9 billion has been made available to reduce the financial strain on businesses in Ontario.

  • Funds will be available through Ontario WSIB
  • All employers covered by WSIB Insurance will be able to apply for the funding

Apprentices

Ontario Tool Grant will provide $10 million in grants to new eligible apprentices to purchase equipment needed. (May 22, 2020)


Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

  • Loans up to $40,000 available to businesses that qualify
    • 1st year of loan will be interest free
    • 25% up to $10,000 could be forgiven if the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022.
    • Businesses will have been operation for 2 years.
  • Government to cover up to 75% of wages for small and medium businesses that qualify.
  • Applications for the loans will be opened on Thursday April 9, 2020 through Canada’s banks and Credit Unions.
  • CEBA has been extended to Mid-Size Businesses (May 11, 2020)

As of April 17, 2020, over 250 000 applications for the CEBA have been received. The payroll threshold has been changed for businesses that had a total payroll between $20,000 and $1.5M in 2019. 

Applications for the CEBA with changes announced May 19, 2020 will be accepted starting June 19, 2020.  The CEBA will also accept applications from farms. (June 15, 2020)


Canada-Ontario Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (OCECRA)

Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program

Office of the Premier

NOTE: The information on this page was updated on May 8 2020 with further program details from the Government of Canada. For more information, visit the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s website.

The Ontario Government is committing $241 million to partner with the federal government and deliver more than $900 million in urgent relief to small businesses and their landlords through a new program, the Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA).

How does the program work?

The program has been developed to share the cost between small business tenants and landlords. Small business tenants and landlords would each be asked to pay 25 per cent of the tenant’s total rent (i.e., gross monthly rent payable under a lease agreement) and the provincial and federal government would cost share the remaining 50 per cent.

For example, a monthly rent for a small business is $10,000. In this example, the landlord forgoes $2,500 (25 per cent of rent). The small business would be responsible for paying $2,500 (25 per cent of rent). The program would cover the remaining $5,000.

The loan would be contingent on the signing of a rent forgiveness agreement between impacted tenants and landlords, which reduces the rental costs of small business tenants for April to June 2020 by at least 75 per cent. This would also include a moratorium on evictions for three months.

How long would a commercial property owner have to apply for OCECRA?

 The OCECRA would be administered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and would be available until August 31, 2020. Support would be retroactive to April 1, covering April, May and June 2020.

The federal government designed the program and program details are being finalized by the federal government. To receive more information, visit CMHC’s website and sign-up to receive additional details including when the application process opens.

Are there any eligibility requirements for commercial property owners?

 The OCECRA would apply to commercial properties with small business tenants.

To qualify for the program, the property owner must meet the following requirements:

  • Own property that generates rental revenue from commercial real property located in Canada.
  • Be the property owner of the commercial real property where the impacted small business tenants are located.
  • Have a mortgage loan secured by the commercial real property, occupied by one or more small business tenants.
  • Have entered or will enter into a rent reduction agreement for the period of April, May, and June 2020, that will reduce impacted small business tenant’s rent by at least 75%.
  • The rent reduction agreement with impacted tenants includes a moratorium on eviction for the period of April, May and June 2020.
  • Declared rental income on their tax return (personal or corporate) for tax years 2018 and/or 2019.

For those property owners who do not have a mortgage, an alternative mechanism will be implemented. Further information will be outlined by CMHC in the near future.

 What are the eligibility requirements for small businesses?

 OCECRA for small businesses is applicable to commercial property owners with:

  • Eligible small business tenants.
  • Eligible small business subtenants.
  • Residential components and multi-unit residential properties with commercial tenants (i.e. mixed usage).

Impacted small business tenants are businesses, including non-profit and charitable organizations who:

  • Pay monthly rent not exceeding $50,000 in gross rent per location (as defined by a valid and enforceable lease agreement);
  • Generate no more than $20 million in gross annual revenues, calculated on a consolidated basis (at the ultimate parent level); and
  • Have temporarily ceased operations (i.e., generating no revenues), or who are experiencing a 70 per cent drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues (determined by comparing revenues in April, May or June of 2020 to the same month of 2019 or alternatively compared to average revenues earned in January and February 2020).

Are any small businesses excluded from the OCECRA program?

The following exclusions would apply:

  1. Entities owned by individuals holding political office;
  2. Entities that promote violence, incite hatred or discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability; and,
  3. An entity in the Lenders special accounts or Restructuring Group prior to March 1, 2020.

Additional Resources

Qualifying months are April through June 2020.  Qualifying businesses may apply for this assistance when details and enrollment processes have been established.  The federal government will coordinate the program with provinces. (April 16, 2020)

The program will provide the following:

  • Assist businesses paying under $50,000 in monthly rent
  • Program will cover 75% of rent for the eligible businesses
    • Federal government cover 50% of rent
      • This is split 75% federal government ($639 million) & 25% provincial government ($241 million)
    • Landlord covers 25% of the rent
    • Note: Business owner covers remaining 25% of the rent
  • Program covers rent for April, May and June.
  • Applications are being accepted May 25, 2020. Details are available at cmhc.ca  (May 20, 2020)

Ontario announced it will ban commercial evictions on those businesses that qualify for the CECRA. (June 8, 2020)

 In the Spring Fiscal Update, the Ontario Government Announced the Following Measures to Support Small Business

  • Provincial tax deferrals on the Employer Health Tax (EHT), Tobacco Tax, Fuel Tax, Beer Tax, and Mining Tax and other provincially administered taxes until August 31, 2020, with no interest or penalty
  • WSIB premium deferrals until August 31, 2020, with no interest or penalty
  • Business Education Property Tax deferrals for one payment quarter (90 days after June)
  • Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption threshold increased to $1 million for the next year
  • Property tax reassessments being conducted this year for the 2021 tax year have been postponed


Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) (May 11, 2020)

The LEEFF will provide “larger financing needs” loans to Energy, Airline and Hospitality sectors of up to $80 million. Eligible companies have annual revenues of $300 million ot higher and are seeking financing of $60 or more.  Conditions for the financing include:

  • Bridge financing only, this is not a bailout
  • Not to be used for restructuring or avoiding bankruptcy
  • Must continue to abide by collective agreements, pension agreements
  • Must meet environmental commitments
  • Must report on company operations
  • Financial institutions, those companies convicted of tax evasion are not eligible

The LEEFF portal is now open through the Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation. https://www.cdev.gc.ca/home-ceefc/ (May 20, 2020)


Regional Development Agencies and Community Futures

$962M will be available for Small Business through Regional Development Agencies (www.ig.gc.ca) and $270M is available through Community Futures (www.communityfuturescanada.ca) This funding will assist rural and businesses that are not able to access funding that is currently available. (April 17, 2020)


GST/HST Payments

For Businesses

GST and HST payments for the 1st quarter of 2020 deferred to June 1, 2020.

For Individuals

    • One-time $400 GST payment to low- and modest-income individuals
    • One-time $600 GST payment for low- and modest-income families
    • Payments will be received May 2020

GST Cheques

Quarterly GST cheques will be bumped up and sent out June 2020.

Credit Card Interest Rates

The government announced they are seeking lower interest rates. (March 26, 2020)


Canadian Business Resilience Network

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCoC) has announced a partnership with the government for the Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN).  The network is designed to have businesses assist businesses through COVID-19. 

The CBRN will:

  • Give tools and supports to businesses in their continuity efforts – from development to implementation. 
  • Provide a consistent and reliable flow of accurate and up-to-date information. 
  • Work closely with federal government and within the business community to ensure the right supports are in place, and to be a conduit for information from the government to the private sector (and vice versa). 
  • Aim to instill confidence in Canadian business and the economy.

For more information, visit www.cbrn.ca.

BDC/EDC

The BDC and EDC are expanding assistance to provide greater assistance to medium-sized businesses.  We should direct business to www.bdc.ca and www.edc.ca. (April 17, 2020)

Alcohol Sales and Delivery

The Ontario government has restaurants and bars with a liquor license to sell and deliver alcohol with take-out orders until the end of the year.

Hydro

Ontario residents and businesses will be billed off-peak hydro rates for 45 days. The was effective March 24, 2020. Hydro One has also stopped late payment fees until May 2020.

The off-peak hydro rates will continue to May 31, 2020. (May 6, 2020)

Time of use rates will continue to be suspended. Hydro rates will be set at 12.8 cents effective June 1, 2020 (June 1, 2020)

Ontario announced the CEAP, an assistance program to help families and small businesses that are having difficulty paying their hydro bills. $9 million will be set aside for consumers and $8 million for small businesses to help pay down electricity debt incurred as a result of COVID-19. An extension of the winter disconnection ban has is place until July 31, 2020. (June 2, 2020)


Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

The government announced that CEWS will be extended to December of 2020. (July 13, 2020)

Eligible employers can apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) through their CRA My Business Account. A separate online application form will also be available, or by telephone at 1-800-959-5525. This line is available from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday to Friday.

75% Emergency Wage Subsidy details were announced on March 30, 2020. Details of the CEWS include:

  • All businesses with a decrease of at least 30% in revenues; businesses, charities, and non-profit employers are eligible to apply
  • Employers are asked to pay the remaining 25% of employee wages
  • Coverage for wages for the first $58,700.00.  The weekly payment maxes-out at $847.00
  • CEWS subsidies will be retroactive to March 15, 2020, for qualifying businesses
  • Businesses who attempt to profit from the CEWS will face penalties of up to 250% of the value of the benefit they received
  • 1-833-966-2099 is open 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday for questions
  • CEWS will be extended to August 31, 2020 (May 15, 2020)

The CEWS calculator is available online at https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.html.

Applications for the CEWS will be accepted through this link https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.html or by calling 1-800-959-5525 Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

Effective April 27, 2020 at 6:00 am applications for the CEWS were being accepted. As of 11:00 am over 10,000 applications had been submitted. (April 21, 2020)

The Government is extending the CEWS and making modifications to the eligibility criteria. The Finance Canada backgrounder states these changes resulted from the CEWS consultation period which concluded on June 5, 2020.

The CPC has supported the wage subsidy but has advocated for changes (Brandt amendment for example) and for a sliding scale to allow companies with less than a 30% revenue decline to receive some wage subsidy. (July 22, 2020)

The CEWS will now be split in two:

  • There will be one CEWS for active workers and another for furloughed workers (i.e. those on leave with pay).

The CEWS for active workers will now consist of two parts:

  • Base subsidy available to all eligible employers that are experiencing a decline in revenues, with the subsidy amount varying depending on the scale of revenue decline.
  • Top-up subsidy of up to an additional 25 per cent for those employers that have been most adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.”

Base subsidy

  • This base CEWS would be a specified rate, applied to the amount of remuneration paid to the employee for the eligibility period, on remuneration of up to $1,129 per week.”
  • The rate of the base CEWS would now vary depending on the level of revenue decline, and its application would be extended to employers with a revenue decline of less than 30 per cent”

Top-up subsidy

  • An eligible employer’s top-up CEWS would be determined based on the revenue drop experienced when comparing revenues in the preceding 3 months to the same months in the prior year.
  • The overall CEWS rate would be equal to the top-up CEWS rate plus the base CEWS rate. Table 3 shows the combined base and top-up CEWS rates for Periods 5 to 9 for the most adversely affected employers.”

The CEWS for furloughed employees will be as follows:

  • For Periods 5 and 6, the subsidy calculation for a furloughed employee would remain the same as for Periods 1 to 4. It would be the greater of:
    •  For arm’s-length employees, 75 per cent of the amount of remuneration paid, up to a maximum benefit of $847 per week; and
    • 75 per cent of the employee’s pre-crisis weekly remuneration up to a maximum benefit of $847 per week or the amount of remuneration paid, whichever is less.
  • Beginning in Period 7, CEWS support for furloughed employees would be adjusted to align with the benefits provided through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and/or Employment Insurance (EI).
  • For Period 5 and subsequent periods, the CEW S for furloughed employees would be available to eligible employers that qualify for either the base rate or the top-up for active employees in the relevant period.”
  • It appears that, starting in Period 7, the wage subsidy would cover the entire wage of employees on leave with pay.

Eligible Remuneration:

  • No changes to the eligible remuneration.

Eligible Employers/Employees:

  • The bill extends eligibility to employers that have “purchase all or substantially all the assets” of another company.
  • For the period after July 4, companies can get the wage subsidy for all employees, even if they are without remuneration for 14 or more consecutive days.

Financial Implications:

The CEWS is now projected to cost $82 billion-updated in the July 8 Economic and Fiscal Snapshot.

Further Information for Small, Medium, and Large Businesses

All businesses are encouraged to have a CRA ‘my account’ profile and to have direct deposit payments for quicker receipt of benefits.

The CFIB has online resources that outline the Federal and Ontario COVID-19 relief programs for small businesses. Full information about COVID-19 programs available at https://www.cfib-fcei.ca.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCoC) has announced a partnership with the government for the Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN). The network is designed to have businesses assist businesses through COVID-19. (April 6, 2020)
The CBRN will:

  • Give tools and supports to businesses in their continuity efforts – from development to implementation.
  • Provide a consistent and reliable flow of accurate and up-to-date information.
  • Work closely with federal government and within the business community to ensure the right supports are in place, and to be a conduit for information from the government to the private sector (and vice versa).
  • Aim to instill confidence in Canadian business and the economy.
  • More information is available at www.cbrn.ca.

Work Sharing Programs

A three-way agreement that can be negotiated between Service Canada, the employer, and the employee to provide EI benefits to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours as a result of developments beyond the control of their employers. Changes to the program are:

    • Extension of the maximum duration from 38 weeks to 76 weeks.
    • The 30 day wait period will be waived for only those who have used the work-sharing program in the past.

Note: Applications take a minimum of 30 days to negotiate. If you do not have 30 days then thisprogram is likely not for you.

Ontario Property Land Tax (Northern Communities)

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ontario government is deferring $15 million in property taxes for people and businesses in parts of Northern Ontario located outside of municipal boundaries. 

The Provincial Land Tax is the property tax paid in unincorporated areas of northern Ontario outside municipal boundaries. The Province directly collects this tax to help fund community services, such as policing, land ambulance, public health and social services in unincorporated areas. 

This deferral of unincorporated area property tax payments applies to all of the levies that are collected through the consolidated Provincial Land Tax bill. This includes Provincial Land Tax, education property tax, and any Local Road Board and Local Service Board levies that are paid through the Provincial Land Tax bill.

Agriculture

Agri-Recovery Program

$252 Million was announced in a three-pronged program to assist agriculture in Canada

  • $77.5 million for food processors
  • $125 million for Agri-Recovery for investment
  • $50 million to purchase/distribute surplus food to vulnerable & low-income earners

$200 million in additional credit line to save fresh products for farmers was also announced.

Agri-Food and Food Supply Chain Jobs

Ontario announced a new online link to help AgriFood producers and suppliers fill import employment positions to keep the food supply chain moving.  www/Ontario.ca/AgFoodJobs is an online portal for job opportunities in all areas of Ontario’s food supply chain.

$2.25 million will be invested by Ontario to protect provincially licensed meat processing plants to protect employees and ensure the supply of healthy food products. (May 8, 2020)

AgriFood eBusiness

Ontario is investing $2.5 million to help the agri-food sector expand online sales. This will provide producers to grow their business and offer more food choices for families who are shopping from home.  Eligible businesses can apply for grants of up to $5000 to establish an online business and marketing presence.  $75,000 of cost-sharing funding is available to organizations and businesses to implement high impact projects. 

Information is available at www.omafra.gov.on.ca or by calling 1-877-424-1300. (April 24, 2020)

Canada Agricultural Partnership

Canada and Ontario announced the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to connect workers with jobs in the agri-food sector to keep the national food chain moving. $1M will help primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers.
Through the Partnership’s Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will immediately accept applications and will expedite the approval process to help address sector labour concerns quickly.

The second intake of the Workplace Protection Program to help farmers enhance health and safety measures.  The second intake has investments of $2.25 million. (May 14, 2020)

For more information about this targeted application intake or to obtain a program guidebook, email: agpartnership@ontario.ca or call: 1-877-424-1300. (April 17, 2020)

Surplus Food Purchase Program

Applications for the surplus food program are open.  The SFPP will distribute existing and unsold food inventories to local food organizations that serve vulnerable Canadians. (June 15, 2020)

Beef and Pork Farmers Support

Ontario and Canada are investing up to $10 million in assistance for beef and pork farmers to the increased costs of feeding cattle and hogs due to COVID-19 related processing delays. Farmers can claim $2/head of cattle per day to keep their market ready animals on their farms for extend periods of time.

The hog sector support will provide up to $5 million to help cover additional maintenance.  Ontario will provide up to $1.5 million to process and package surplus pork to food banks. (June 17, 2020)


2019 Tax returns

Taxes

Collections activities on new debts will be suspended until further notice, and flexible payment arrangements will be available.

The CRA is adapting its Outreach Program to support individuals during COVID-19:

Personal Income Tax

  • 2019 Personal Income Tax return filing deferred to June 1, 2020.
  • 2019 Personal Income Tax payments deferred to September 1, 2020.

The deadline for payments to CRA has been extended to September 30, 2020 (July 28, 2020)

Business Income Tax

  • 2019 Tax payments deferred top September 1, 2020.
  • No penalties will be assessed until AFTER September 1, 2020.
  • CRA will accept electronic as a temporary administrative measure.

Self-Employed Income Tax

Deadline to pay 2019 Income taxes delayed until September 1, 2020

Charities

The Charities Directorate is extending the filing deadline to December 31, 2020, for all charities with a Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return due between March 18, 2020, and December 31, 2020.


Employment Insurance – ROE

Record of Employment documents

Employers must communicate with the Employer Contact Centre to order paper ROE forms.  Service Canada no longer accepts orders for paper ROE forms by fax or mail.

When you call, you will be asked to provide the following information:

      • Your 15-character Payroll Account Number (PAN) issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The PAN can be found on the CRA PD7A (Statement of account for current source deductions) form. If you do not have a PAN, you will have to request one from CRA, and
      • Provide the name, address and telephone number of your business.
      • The Business Number (BN) and the BN of the business you are calling about
      • The Postal Code (registered with CRA) associated with the business

Phone numbers are:

Toll-free: 1-800-367-5693

TTY: 1-855-881-9874

What you should do with each copy of a paper ROE form:

  • Give the first copy (the original) to your employee as proof of insurable earnings for claiming EI benefits
  • Send the second copy (blue) to Service Canada as indicated on the form
  • Keep the 3rd copy (white) in your files for 6 years


Charities

Residential Relief Fund

The province is investing $40 million in the Residential Relief Fund. The funding will assist developmental services, child welfare, victims’ shelters, and organizations delivering social services to vulnerable First Nations individuals and families with COVID-related costs, such as the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and enhanced staffing. (April 21, 2020)

Emergency Community Support Fund

$350 million will be available to Community and Non-Profit Organizations that assist seniors, homeless and vulnerable people.  Details will be announced shortly. April 21, 2020

Kids Help Phone

  • $7.5M to Kids Help Phone for counsellors and counselling services.
  • Kids Help Phone can be reached by calling 1-800-668-6868 or texting 686868.
    • Counsellors can be reached via Live Chat between 12:00 am to 7:00 am online or through the Kids Help Phone app.
  • www.kidshelpphone.ca has many resources for kids and parents.

The United Way

  • $9 million to the United Way for grocery delivery, meal delivery, and other services for seniors.
    • Visit www.unitedway.ca for more information and how to find your local United Way.

The United Way of Simcoe County can be reached through their website www.uwsimcoemuskoka.ca or by calling 705-726-2301.

Food Banks

$100 Million will go to Food Banks including Northern and indigenous communities.  Money will be going to organizations such as:

  • Food Banks Canada
  • Breakfast Clubs
  • Salvation Army

Local Food Banks should ensure they are connected to one of these organizations for receive

Women’s Shelters and Sexual Assault Centres

$200 million to women’s shelters and sexual assault centres to help with their capacity to manage or prevent an outbreak in their facilities.

The Ontario government announced $2.7 billion to support services for vicitoms of domestic violence and other violent crimes (April 2, 2020)

Homeless

$157.5 million for the reaching home initiative; the funding is for a range of needs such as purchasing beds and physical barriers for social distancing and securing accommodation to reduce overcrowding in shelters.

    • Funding is through Employment and Social Development Canada.

NEW The Ontario government launched the COVID-19 Action Plan for Vulnerable People.  The plan focuses on three specific areas: 

i) Enhanced Screening and Reduced Exposure to Prevent Spread

  • Enhancing screening of visitors, staff, and residents on sites, as well as restricting non-essential visitors.
  • Providing masks to staff working in congregate care settings and providing training on the use of personal protective equipment in the event of an outbreak.  

ii) Infection Control: Managing Outbreaks and Limiting Spread

  • Enhancing testing of symptomatic staff and clients to identify the need for isolation and additional infection control measures on-site.
  • Planning to limit staff from working at more than one congregate care setting during an outbreak, specifically in developmental services, intervenor services, violence against women and anti-human trafficking settings.
  • Providing additional training and support for high-risk settings dealing with an outbreak, including guidance on how to isolate clients.

iii) Sustaining Staffing and Managing Staff Shortages

  • Working with organizations to promote workforce stability and capacity in high-risk settings


Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) (C-13 COVID-19 Emergency Response Act)

The CERB will be extended for an additional eight weeks, covering the months of July and August for those that signed up for the CERB in April 2020. (June 16, 2020)

The federal government announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) on March 25, 2020. $2000 per month for up to four months. As of April 17, 2020, 7.5 million CERB payments have been submitted. 

Who can apply

  • The Benefit is available to workers:
    • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
    • Who have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;
    • Who had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and,
    • Who have not quit their job voluntarily.
    • Eligibility extended to seasonal workers, part-time employees, volunteer firefighters and those whose EI ended since January 1, 2020 (April 15, 2020)

    When submitting your first claim, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your claim.

    When submitting subsequent claims, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of your new claim.

The income of at least $5,000 may be from any or a combination of the following sources: employment; self-employment; maternity and parental benefits under the Employment Insurance program and/or similar benefits paid in Quebec under the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan.

The Benefit is only available to individuals who stopped work and are not earning employment or self-employment income as a result of reasons related to COVID-19. If you have not stopped working because of COVID-19, you are not eligible for the Benefit.

Once you apply, you can expect to get your payment in 3 business days if you have signed up for direct deposit, and approximately 10 business days if you haven’t signed up for direct deposit.

If your situation continues, you can re-apply for a payment for multiple 4-week periods, to a maximum of 16 weeks (4 periods).

The CERB will be extended for an additional eight weeks, covering the months of July and August for those that signed up for the CERB in April 2020. (June 16, 2020)

The CERB will be extended providing $500/week for 24 weeks. (July 22, 2020)

Applications for CERB opened on Monday April 6, 2020.  Below are application dates for Canadians to ensure the system is not overloaded and prevents anyone from being able to apply.

If you were born in the month of: Apply for CERB on:
January, February and March Mondays
April, May and June Tuesdays
July, August and September Wednesdays
October, November and December Thursdays
Any month Fridays and Weekends

Please note: Unprocessed EI claims upon the launch of the CERB program will automatically transfer to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.  For more information about CERB, including how and when you can apply, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html

How to return a CERB payment

If you still have the original CERB cheque

You can return the cheque by mail to the address below.

If you don’t have the cheque or were paid by direct deposit

You can mail your repayment to the CRA. Be sure to:

  1. make payment out to “Receiver General for Canada”
  2. indicate it is for “Repayment of CERB”
  3. include your Social Insurance Number (SIN) or your Temporary Tax Number (TTN)

As of May 11, repay using My Account

Beginning May 11, the CRA will offer a convenient way to repay the CERB with a few simple clicks using My Account.

If you don’t have a My Account, sign up for one today or use your My Service Canada account to get direct access to My Account (a convenient link in My Service Canada account lets you jump into My Account, even if you have never signed up).

Mail your payment to

Revenue Processing – Repayment of CERB
Sudbury Tax Centre
1050 Notre Dame Avenue
Sudbury ON P3A 0C3

The government will now boost wages for essential workers making under $2500 per month – more details to come.

Indigenous Peoples

The Indigenous Community Support Fund, $305 million available from the Federal government to address immediate needs in First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities.

Ontario is investing $37 Million to support COVID-19 outbreak planning, prevention and mitigation.  The funding will respond to the unique needs of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people and families across the province.  (April 7, 2020) The total of $37.8 million includes:

  • $16.4 million from the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs to provide emergency funds for food, household goods, critical supplies, transportation, and support and care, responsive services and supports for urban Indigenous people, self-isolation facilities in remote and northern communities, prevention and awareness efforts, and pandemic planning;
  • $10 million from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to support Indigenous communities and agencies in responding to the needs of vulnerable children, families and elders during the outbreak;
  • $7.4 million from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to help social service providers, charities and non-profits delivering critical housing services to Indigenous people living off-reserve; and
  • $4 million from the Ministry of Transportation to ensure continued service to remote and northern airports, enabling essential goods and services to continue reaching isolated communities.

$306 Million in federal money will go to Indigenous Small Business operators in interest free loans. (April 18, 2020)

$650 Million was announced for women’s shelters, healthcare and on-reserve income assistance (May 29, 2020)

Indigenous Residential Relief Fund

The province is investing $40 million in the Residential Relief Fund. The funding will assist developmental services, child welfare, victims’ shelters, and organizations delivering social services to vulnerable First Nations individuals and families with COVID-related costs, such as the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and enhanced staffing. (April 21, 2020)

The Federal Government announce $75 million for services to assist Indigenous peoples who live off reserve and in urban areas. (May 21, 2020)

The Ontario Together fund will deliver $110,000 to support Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners (July 23, 2020)

Media

Canadian journalists will be supported by the federal government, details are still to be announced.


Mortgage Relief

Customers who are in good standing and have been impacted by COVID-19 can apply for mortgage relief from their bank. Customers will need to answer a few questions to help their banks direct applications appropriately.

Mortgages from Provincially regulated Credit Unions may also be eligible for deferral, clients should speak to their Credit Union.


Insurance

To help Canadians cope with the financial impact of COVID-19 the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) member companies are offering consumer relief measures.  IBC members are offering reductions on auto insurance premiums.   Premium reductions would be in place for 90 days.  IBC member companies have committed to the following measures (April 8, 2020):

  • Explore flexible payment options for customers in a vulnerable position or experiencing financial hardship
  • Waive NSF fees, customers are responsible to NSF fees charged from their financial institution
  • Temporary increase in use of your car due to home delivery or reduced transit options will not affect your premium or ability to make a claim.

Ontario enabled Insurance companies to provide temporary premium rebates to drivers.  Insurance companies would be able to provide auto insurance premium rebates to customers for up to 12 months after the declared emergency has ended. Previous regulations did not allow for premiums to be rebated. (April 16, 2020)


Seniors

In Innisfil, most notably Sandy Cove, The Rotary Club of Innisfil is assisting seniors in Sandy Cove with grocery orders and delivery.  Please contact the Rotary Club of Innisfil at 705-716-4434 or complete the email form at www.innisfilrotary.ca. (April 21, 2020)

  • Ontario increased GAIN (Guaranteed Annual Income) payments to a maximum of $332/month; up from $166/month. These payments will be delivered this week and will continue for 6 months. (April 21, 2020)
  • To ensure that certain groups who may be vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19 have the support they need, the Government is proposing targeted help by reducing required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25% for 2020, in recognition of volatile market conditions and their impact on many
    seniors’ retirement savings.
  • This will provide flexibility to seniors that are concerned that they may be required to liquidate
    their RRIF assets to meet minimum withdrawal requirements. Similar rules would apply to
    individuals receiving variable benefit payments under a defined contribution Registered Pension Plan.
  • $10 million from the Ontario government to organizations that provide meal and grocery delivery to seniors (March 30, 2020)
  • The Ontario government has asked all Ontarians aged 70 and older and those that are immuno-compromised to self-isolate for 14 days. These people should only leave home or see other people for essential services. (March 30, 2020)
  • $9 million to the United Way for grocery delivery, meal delivery, and other services for seniors.
    • Visit www.unitedway.ca for more information and to find your local United Way.
    • The United Way of Simcoe County can be reached through their website at www.uwsimcoemuskoka.ca or by calling 705-726-2301.
  • The Ontario government is working with the Ontario Community Support Association to launch the Ontario Community Support Programs to expand existing Meals on Wheels services to reach low-income seniors and people with disabilities and chronic medical conditions.

The Government of Ontario is partnering with SPARK Ontario to help seniors and the most vulnerable stay connected and healthy as they self-isolate during the COVID-19 outbreak. SPARK Ontario is the province’s first bilingual volunteer hub designed to direct volunteers to where they are needed most. The needs of each community vary, but groups across the province are looking for volunteers to help deliver food or medicines, run errands or check-up on seniors and the most vulnerable by phone or email while they self-isolate.

Volunteer organizations can visit www.sparkontario.ca to post volunteer opportunities available in their communities. Ontarians interested in volunteering are encouraged to check the website for opportunities to make a difference where they live.

Seniors, people with disabilities, and others in need of assistance can also be connected to essential services in their community at any time by visiting www.211ontario.ca or by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-877-330-3212 (toll free). TTY service is also available by dialing 1-888-340-1001.

Seniors will receive financial support from the federal government. A one-time tax free $300 payment for seniors receiving Old Age Security (OAS) and an additional Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payment of $200. Those eligible will receive both. Seniors that had deferred their benefits will not receive the tax-free payments. Seniors should receive this payment the July 6, 2020.

The cost of the payments is $2.5 billion 

GIS and Allowance payments will be extended if income information has not been received from seniors. Seniors are encouraged to submit 2019 income information no later than October 1, 2020 (May 12, 2020)

The Seniors Community Grant received $4 million form the Ontario government. The funding will assist non-profit organizations, local service boards or indigenous groups to develop programs for seniors and make communities age-friendly. (June 26, 2020)

Long Term Care Homes

The Ontario government will spend millions to improve the safety of the residents in long term care homes, retirement homes, and shelters:

  • $243 million to Long Term Care to be invested in efforts to reduce the load of Ontario’s hospitals:
    • 24/7 screening of residents, staff and essential service employees
    • Cleaning services
  • $70 million to Retirement Homes and Shelters to be invested in efforts to reduce the load on Ontario’s hospitals for cleaning services

Ontario will allow School Board employees to be voluntarily redeployed to congregate care setting to alleviate critical staffing shortages (May 9, 2020)

Families and Students

Ontario deferred required Property Tax payments made by municipalities to school boards for three months.

Canada Summer Jobs

The Canada Summer Jobs Program for 2020 will provide 100% of wages to students hired. CSJ 2020 will extend into jobs that are needed into the winter.  Part time employment will also be covered under CSJ 2020. Funding will be extended to “essential” positions being filled from may 11 2020 to February 28, 2021.

MPs will be able to add organizations, that had not applied before the February deadline, to receive money.  A special template will be completed and CSJ staff will contact the added organization. (April 14, 2020)

April 6, 2020: Ontario families will receive one-time financial assistance during COVID-19.  The new Support for Families initiative offers a one-time payment of $200 per child 0 to 12 years of age, and $250 for those 0 to 21 years of age with special needs.

Families can complete an online application at Ontario’s Support for Families web page to access this financial support. Parents already receiving Support for Parents payments through direct deposit will be automatically eligible for this financial support and do not need to submit a new application. 

MPs are receiving recipients of CSJ2020 in a ‘phased’ rollout starting on May 13, 2020.

Hydro

  • Ontario residents and businesses will be billed off-peak hydro rates for 45 days. The was effective March 24, 2020.
  • Hydro One has suspended late payment fees until May 2020.

Daycare/Childcare

Minister Hussein announced in the COVID Committee that an additional benefit top-up on July 20, 2020. (June 17, 2020)

Ontario announced a plan to reopen Child Care centres, as the province prepares to open businesses up and childcare is needed to have parents return to work. Staff can enter facilities immediately to prepare for re-opening and accepting children back into the centre. (June 9, 2020)

Ontario has expanded the list of frontline/essential workers that will have daycare/childcare available.  Please visit www.ontario.ca/coronavirus for a list of daycare facilities. (April 17, 2020)

Ontario announced the following measures to support eligible childcare and EarlyOn centres (May 9 2020):

  • support for fixed operating costs for eligible childcare and EarlyON Centres, while providers are prohibited from charging parent fees while the Emergency Order is in effect;
  • direct and rapid funding delivery through municipal service managers for centres that currently receive funding;
  • a straightforward application process for childcare centres that do not currently receive provincial funding by allowing them to apply directly to the Ministry of Education;
  • direction that all child care centres will be required to maximize all available support under Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, including staffing costs retroactively to March 15, 2020, in addition to federal-provincial rental subsidy supports;
  • red tape reduction and cost savings by waiving all child care licensing applications, renewals and revision fees;
  • automatic extension of childcare licenses set to expire during the emergency period; and
  • protecting existing base funding for licensed home childcare agencies, and regular funding and wage enhancement grant funding for licensed home child care providers who have remained active during the emergency closure.

Child Care Benefits

Benefits to be boosted in May 2020 to $300 per child. Increased payments will be received in May 2020. Ontario residents to receive lump-sum payments for children under 12 years of age:

  • $200 per child
  • $250 per child with special need

Canadians with Disabilities

The Federal government announced a $600 one-time non-taxable payment to Canadians with a disability.  No payment date was provided. (June 5, 2020)

Bill C-20 passed July 21, 2020 creating the way for the $600 payment to be made to eligible Canadians. (July 22,2020)

The National Workplace Accessibility Stream will be established to assist disabled people find work. (June 5, 2020)

School Closures

Ontario announced its safety plan for resumption of classes for the 2020-21 school year. Parents will have options to select from for their children.  The three options are:

  1. Normal school day routine with enhanced health protocols.
  2. Modified school routine based on the advice of the public health offices.
  3. Online learning if school closures are extended and if parents choose to keep their children at home.

School boards will be asked to prepare for all three options to be implemented depending on the health situation at the time. Boards will be asked to include alternate day or alternate week attendance.  More information is available at https://www.ontario.ca/page/approach-reopening-schools-2020-2021-school-year. (June 19, 2020)

April 25, 2020: Ontario announced will not return to school on May 31, 2020.

The second phase of Learn at Home features a new set of expectations for the education community, including:

  • Reconnecting students with teachers and other school staff, including mental health workers;
  • Re-establishing teacher-led learning by grade groupings as follows:
    • Kindergarten-Grade 3: five hours of work per student/week (focus on literacy and math)
    • Grades 4-6: five hours of work per student/week (focus on literacy, math, science, and social studies)
    • Grades 7-8: 10 hours of work per student/week (focus on math, literacy, science and social studies)
    • Grades 9-12: three hours of work per-course, per-week for semester students; 1.5 hours of work per-course, per-week for non-semester students (focus on achieving credits/completion/graduation)
  •  Leveraging digital resources and identifying alternative forms of teacher-student connectivity, such as phone and mail;
  • Developing a program of training for educators to support them in virtual learning delivery;
  • Requiring final report cards for all students;
  • Prioritizing and supporting students on track to graduate;
  • Distributing laptops and/or devices from schools as needed, while observing public health direction;
  • Maintaining a responsive posture for health care and community partner requests; and
  • Establishing formal COVID-19 working groups with education sector unions to work together, share ideas and to find solutions in the support of students.

Post-Secondary School Students

To ensure students can successfully complete the academic year, Ontario has finalized an agreement with eCampus Ontario to make digital learning supports available to postsecondary institutions. These interim digital learning supports, available in both French and English, will provide publicly assisted colleges and universities with the technology they need to conduct year-end assessments, while preserving student privacy and the integrity of academic assessment.

Beginning July 2020 limited in-person education and training may restart for post-secondary students who were not able to graduate due to COVID-19. (June 10, 2020)

In September, all students will have opportunity to attend post-secondary education through virtual, in-class or hybrid sessions. (June 10, 2020)

Publicly funded Schools will not reopen for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  Overnight school campsites will remain closed for the summer. (May 19, 2020)

Student Loans

  • Federal 6-month interest-free moratorium on student loan payments.
  • Ontario OSAP Loan payments have suspended for 6 months
  • Students are encouraged to assist in the food supply chain by working on farms and other sectors of the food supply chain.


Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

  • $1250 per month May 2020 to August 2020, you may receive up to $1750 if you take care of someone, including those with a disablity.
  • Students graduating after December 2019, are in school now and/or returning in the fall are eligible to apply via CRA  Details to be announced as Legislation is required.
  • Applications for the CESB are being accepted online effective May 15, 2020

Student Jobs

  • 76,00 jobs to be created in essential services across Canada, in addition to the Canada Summer Jobs 2020 program.

Student Grants and Investment

  • Federal grants to students will be doubled for the 2020-21 school year
  • Students currently in research or in graduate studies may be eligible to have scholarships and fellowships extended

Canada Student Service Grant 

  • Students that volunteer in essential services to help against COVID-19 may be eligible for between $1000 and $5000 depending on the hours volunteered
  • Students in Quebec, the territories will have the money though the provincial and territorial governments
  • The CSSG program launched June 25, 2020, details are found at the I Want Help platform through Canada.ca. The program will be administered by We Canada. (June 25, 2020)
  • The government announced that WE Charity will not be the administrator of the CSSG program; the government will now be 100% responsible for the program. (July 3, 2020)
  • CSSG is currently paused the government looks to for a relaunch (July 9,2020)

Youth (June 25, 2020)

The 2020 Youth Opportunities Fund, supported by the Ontario government will help 43 community organizations and will benefit youth between the age of 15 and 25.  $13 million will be invested in the fund to support:

  • Black Mom’s Connection in the GTA
  • Immigrant Francophone d’Africa to support newcomers from Francophone African nations
  • Earthling Art Collective in Thunder Bay to provide development and mentorship opportunities for youth leaving care and justice systems.
  • Miziwe Bilk Aboriginal Employment and Training in the GTA for training and employment in skilled trades

Credit Card Interest Rates

The government announced they are seeking lower interest rates. (March 26, 2020)


Essential Services and Workplaces

The Ontario government has released a list of essential workplaces including:

  • Grocery Stores
  • LCBO
  • Cannabis Shops

The Ontario government closed all non-essential workplaces for 14 days effected March 23, 2020.  On April 3rd, Ontario closed all industry construction including NEW residential construction.  Key infrastructure projects, including hospital construction will continue.  An additional 60 inspectors have been hired.  Any works sites that do not follow guideline to keep workers safe will be shutdown.

The emergency orders in Ontario have been extended to July 24, 2020. (July 9, 2020)

Ontario is also making essential workplaces across the province safer during the COVID-19 pandemic by (April 8, 2020):

  • Redeploying more than 30 employment standards officers to help businesses understand and comply with health and safety requirements;
  • Working with health and safety associations to deploy up to 30 specialists to support employers and workers in the field;
  • Issuing health and safety guidance notes to support specific sectors
  • Doubling the capacity of Ontario’s Health and Safety Call Centre from 25 to 50 phonelines;
  • Providing job-protected leave under the Employment Standards Act for workers who need to self-isolate or care for a loved one because of COVID-19;
  • Issuing a call to recently retired inspectors who may be able and willing to return to their positions;
  • Providing compliance assistance and enforcing the emergency orders issued under the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act.

The complete list of essential services is found here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces.  The phone number is 1-888-444-3659 seven days a week between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm.

Essential workers who earn less than $2500/month will receive a wage boost from the Federal government, including long term care facilities (April 15, 2020)

Emergency Pandemic Pay

Ontario will be increasing the hourly rate of frontline workers by $4/hour. Those eligible to receive the payment will be staff working in long-term care homes, retirement homes, emergency shelters, supportive housing, social services congregate care settings, corrections institutions and youth justice facilities, as well as those providing home and community care and some staff in hospitals.

This increase will provide four dollars per hour worked on top of existing hourly wages, regardless of the qualified employee’s hourly wage. In addition, employees working over 100 hours per month would receive lump sum payments of $250 per month for each of the next four months. This means that eligible employees working an average of 40 hours per week would receive $3,560 in additional compensation. (April 25, 2020)

The government will now boost wages for essential workers making under $2500 per month – more details to come.

Read the list of essential workplaces in response to COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus). If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

Ontario has expanded the list of frontline/essential workers that will have daycare/childcare available.  Please visit www.ontario.ca/coronavirus for a list of daycare facilities.

On April 3,2020, Ontario closed all industry construction including new residential construction.  Key infrastructure projects including hospital construction will continue.  An additional 60 inspectors have been hired.  Any works sites that do not follow guidelines to keep workers safe will be shutdown.


Healthcare and Healthcare Aid

On Tuesday May 19, 2020 Ontario will resume all scheduled surgeries and in person counselling. (May 14, 2020)

Ontario will allow elective surgeries to resume across the province (May 7, 2020) 

The Ontario government released its modelling April 3, 2020; modelling presented the following numbers:

  1. Without any action, 100,000 Ontarians would die in the next 18-24 months
  2. With current actions it is estimated 3000 – 15000 Ontarians will die in the next 18-24 months
  3. There are currently approx. 600 ICU bends and another 900 ICU beds will be added
  4. Modelling suggests that the need for ICU beds will outstrip availability by 100%

Mental Health

$14.6 million was announced to aid in increasing access to online and virtual help for mental health.  $12 million will go to expanding online and virtual mental health supports.  $2.6 million will be invested to hire new psychologists and mental health experts to support Ontario Provincial Police Personnel. 

NEW Ontario has amended its emergency order to allow mental health addictions agencies to deploy staff within different locations or between programs, and employ extra part-time staff, temporary staff of contractors to ensure people continue receiving care. (April 23, 2020)

COVID-19 Assessment

To meet the growing concerns of Ontarians, 72 Assessments centres are now open across Ontario.  Locations of Assessment Centres in Barrie and throughout the Simcoe Muskoka Region can be found on the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s website here: http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Promos/Novel-Coronavirus/Assessment-Centres#62392949-2ee4-44b6-8e35-72105cf6b6fc 

COVID-19 Testing and Results

The Ontario government launched an online portal for the public to easily access their COVID-19 test results www.covid-19.ontario.ca.  The portal is designed to ease the pressures from frontline personal to provide this information and focus on containing COVID-19. (April 3, 2020)

The Ontario government has a self-assessment tool, https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en

Health Canada is looking for volunteers to assist in various positions in the fight on COVID-19.  Canadians are asked to volunteer at Canada.ca/coronavirus.  Visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals.html if you can help. (April 5, 2020)

Ontario has an online portal for Ontarians that are looking to help and those needing help in support of Ontario’s Healthcare sector.  The link to register is https://healthcloudtrialmaster-15a4d-17117fe91a8.force.com/matchingportal/s/. (April 7, 2020)

The Ontario government is implementing the next phase of its strategy to significantly expand and enhance testing. In addition to the ongoing testing of the general public at any of the 100 assessment centres now established across the province, Ontario will be proactively testing several priority groups, including:

  • Hospital inpatients;
  • Residents of long-term care and retirement homes;
  • Health care workers, caregivers, care providers, paramedics, and first responders, including police and firefighters;
  • Remote, isolated, rural and Indigenous communities;
  • Other congregate living centres, including homeless shelters, prisons and group homes;
  • Specific vulnerable populations, including patients undergoing chemotherapy or hemodialysis and requiring transplants, as well as pregnant persons, newborns and cross-border workers; and
  • Other essential workers, as defined by provincial orders.

Ontario expects to double the number of tests processed each day to 8,000 by April 15, 2020 and 14,000 by April 29, 2020, at which point overall lab capacity will have been further expanded. (April 10, 2020)

The next phase in COVID-19 Testing in Ontario has opened and expands testing to the general public, 1st responders, frontline workers and workplaces. More people will be able to be tested in more places. (May 29, 2020)

Ontario has developed enhanced case and contact management with a new made-in-Ontario app called COVID Alert, a privacy first exposure notification app. The app will alert all individuals with those who have had close contact with a positive case within 24 hours.  Ontario will partner with the federal government to launch COVID Alert. (June 18, 2020)

Ontario Healthcare Action Plan
Ontario announced new investments into the Ontario health care system:

  • $3.3 billion in direct response assistance
  • $1 billion contingency fund
  • $935 million to increase hospital capacity (beds and assessment centres)
  • $243 million for emergency and long-term care beds
  • $100 million for public health units
  • $80 million for paramedic services


Maternity Benefits

As off May 8, 2020, expectant mothers who receive EI regular benefits, but should be receiving CERB will have their claims converted to the CERB.

Individuals who had been receiving less than the $500/week will receive payment to raise the payment to $500.  Individuals who had been receiving more than $500/week will not have any money clawed back but will receive the flat rate from the time their claim in converted going forward. 

The weeks for which they collect the CERB will not impact the number of weeks of maternity and paternity benefits they may receive. 

Any weeks where expectant mothers received regular EI benefits when they should have been receiving CERB will be put back will be put back on to their account and they will have those weeks available to them when needed once their child is born. 

The government will ensure that expectant mothers affected by COVID-19 are not disadvantaged and receive their full entitlement of weeks for their future maternity/paternity claim.

Online Heath Care

The federal government will provide $240M for online health.  The money will go to Mental Health care and Primary health care (May 3, 2020)

OHIP

The Ontario government has waived the three-month waiting period, Ontarians returning to Canada will have access to OHIP coverage immediately.

Long Term Care Homes

The Ontario government will spend millions to improve the safety of the residents in long term care homes, retirement homes, and shelters.

  • $243 million to Long Term Care to be invested in efforts to reduce the load of Ontario’s hospitals:
    • 24/7 screening of residents, staff and essential service employees
    • Cleaning services
  • $70 million to Retirement Homes and Shelters to be invested in efforts to reduce the load on Ontario’s hospitals for cleaning services

Public Gatherings

Restrictions on Wedding and Funeral ceremonies and services have been eased.  Limits are now 30% of capacity to a limit of 50 people.   The new restrictions are in place as of June 12, 2020. (June 11, 2020)

As part of the Stage 3 reopening, Ontario will be increasing gathering limits for those regions entering the next stage to the following:

  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people;
  • Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people;
  • Gathering limits are subject to physical distancing requirements.

Public gathering limits apply to indoor and outdoor events, such as community events or gatherings, concerts, live shows, festivals, conferences, sports and recreational fitness activities, fundraisers, fairs, festivals or open houses. A two metre distance must still be maintained at such events.

Public gathering limits apply to indoor and outdoor events, such as community events or gatherings, concerts, live shows, festivals, conferences, sports and recreational fitness activities, fundraisers, fairs, festivals or open houses. A two metre distance must still be maintained at such events. (July 13, 2020)

MAiD

The Ottawa Hospital and Hamilton Health Services have suspended MAiD services, beds and services will be redirected to COVID-19 needs. (March 28, 2020)

Research

$450 million to aid researchers and research facilities including Universities (May 15, 2020)

$192 Million is being invested in COVID-19 vaccination research on March 23, 2020; research is being conducted in Vancouver, Regina and Quebec City

  • International Aid as part of a $1 billion aid package, Canada will support the WHO, NGO’s and International
    agencies with $50 million foreign aid. The money will support research for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Ontario pledged $20 Million through the COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund to assist in the development of innovative solutions to track and defeat COVID-19. (April 18, 2020)

$1.1 Billion was announced for a Medical and Research Strategy by the Federal government (April 23, 2020)

$1.1 Billion was announced in three pillars:

  • Research: $150 Million for vaccine and treatment
  • Clinical Treatment: $662 Million for clinical trials by Canada
  • Immunity Task Force: $350 Million to pursue serology and blood testing. Over 2 years one million Canadians will be tested for the study. The task force will work to expand national testing and modelling.

$175M will be given to Abcellera Research in Montreal for anti-body research (May 3, 2020)

$850M was pledged by Canada towards Canada International and research for funding.  The announcement was made during a European Union meeting this morning. (May 4, 2020)

Health Canada has authorized the use of remdesivir for the treatment of patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19. Remdesivir is authorized for use in adults and adolescents (aged 12 years and older with a body weight of at least 40kg). https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/remdesivir-authorized-severe-covid-19-1.5665905 (July 28. 2020)


Provincial and Federal Government

Parliament

The Prime Minister announced that all 338 Members of Parliament will be sitting in Parliament at a date to be determined.  Negotiations are ongoing with opposition parties. (April 17, 2020)

Parliament rose on Friday, March 13, 2020, and was adjourned until Monday, April 20, 2020. An emergency session of Parliament was held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, to pass emergency aid legislation. A reduced number of Members sat; the house in this session had 14 Liberal MPs, 11 Conservative MPs, 3 Bloc and NDP each, and 1 Green Party MP.

  • C-13 the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act was passed by the House and Senate. The bill received Royal Assent the same day.  In the legislation the government yielded to demands for the following amendments:
    • The government removed the section that would have allowed them to raise taxes without parliamentary approval.
    • The government walked-back their unlimited spending powers and that special warrants expire on June 23, 2020, instead of September 30, 2020.
    • The government included explicit reference to putting taxpayers’ rights first.
    • The government put sunset clauses in their legislation.
    • The government must be accountable to Parliament through regular reports to the House of Commons Health and Finance committees and that the Finance Committee has the right to recall Parliament if we identify any abuses.

April 1st, the Prime Minister asked House Leaders to work together to recall Parliament to pass amend the wage subsidy amount that was passed in C-13 on March 24, 2020. Parliament need to meet before April 6th.

The Prime Minister and Premiers met on April 2, 2020 and discussed data-sharing and coordination.

April 3, 2020, Amazon Canada will coordinate the distribution of medical supplies to all provinces and territories.

On Saturday April 11, 2020 met, debated and passed C-14 to address changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) (April 11, 2020)

On Tuesday May 26, 2020 Parliament voted to extend the current COVID Committee until June 17, 2020.  The COVID Committee will be held Mondays to Thursday with a hybrid session; members in the Chambers and Member online.  Large screens will be placed in the House of Commons for Members in the House to see who is online.

The House Procedures Committee will study voting procedures for hybrid and virtual sittings of Parliament.  A report will be due to be presented no later than June 23, 2020 (May 26, 2020)

Federal Economic Plan

The government complete economic plan is located here: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economicresponse-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html

The federal government released a fiscal ‘snapshot’ on July 8, 2020 announcing a $343 billion deficit this year alone.  This brings the total net federal debt in excess of 1 trillion dollars for the first time in history.

Government Employees

  • 1,300 federal employees have been mobilized to answer phone calls and process claims.
  • Service Canada offices were closed Friday, March 27th, the offices will re-open on Monday.
    • Access to Service Canada offices to be restricted. Canadians are asked to visit the Service Canada website or call Service Canada for assistance.

Agriculture

Agri-Recovery Program (May 5, 2020)

$252 Million was announced in a three-pronged program to assist agriculture in Canada

  • $77.5 million for food processors
  • $125 million for Agri-Recovery for investment
  • $50 million to purchase/distribute surplus food to vulnerable & low-income earners

$200 million in additional credit line to save fresh products for farmers was also announced.

AgriFood/Food Supply Chain Jobs

Ontario announced a new online link to help AgriFood producers and suppliers fill import employment positions to keep the food supply chain moving. www/Ontario.ca/AgFoodJobs is an online portal for job opportunities in all areas of Ontario’s food supply chain.

Canada Agricultural Partnership

Canada and Ontario announced the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to connect workers with jobs in the agri-food sector to keep the national food chain moving. $1M will help primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers.
Through the Partnership’s Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will immediately accept applications and will expedite the approval process to help address sector labour concerns quickly.

For more information about this targeted application intake or to obtain a program guidebook, email or call at agpartnership@ontario.ca or 1-877-424-1300. (April 17, 2020)

National and Provincial Parks

Ontario will reopen Provincial Parks on Monday May 11, 2020 for limited recreational activities.  All parks and conservation areas will be open by Friday May 15, 2020. (May 9, 2020)

Effective May 16, 2020 all Private Parks and Campgrounds, Marinas, Golf Courses and Animal boarding services are OPEN (May 14, 2020)

Some National Parks Heritage Sites will be open effective June 1, 2020. No camping will be allowed for the time being. (May 14, 2020)

Arts, Culture and Sports

Heritage Canada will fund Athletes, those employed in the Arts (artists etc.) and Culture with $500M in wage support and funding for organizations facing liquidity due to COVID-19. (April 17, 2020)


Military Aid

  • The CAF will be sending 125 medically trained staff to assist in Quebec Long-Term Homes. (April 17, 2020)
  • Members of the Canadian Armed forces have been deployed to support Northern and Indigenous communities.
  • Reservists are being asked to volunteer for full service in the Armed Forces at full pay.
  • The CAF will be sending 125 medically trained staff to assist in Quebec Long-Term Homes. (April 17, 2020)
  • The Ontario government will be requesting the CAF deploy resources to five priority Long-Term Care facilities as part of its Action Plan to Protect Long-Term Homes. (April 22, 2020)

The federal government will grant Ontario’s request for the CAF to be deployed, though the PM did state “soldiers should not have to take care of seniors”  (April 23, 2020) 

The federal government has announced the military will remain in long-term homes until June 26, 2020. (June 12, 2020)

The Ontario government announced that the military services will be withdrawn from Ontario LTC homes Friday July 3. 2020. (July 3, 2020)

International Aid

As part of a $1 billion aid package, Canada will support the WHO, NGO’s and International agencies with $50 million foreign aid.  The money will support research for a Covid-19 vaccine.


Procurement

  • $2 billion now available (up from previously announced $500 million) to provinces to purchase critical supplies (March 31, 2020)
  • The website www.buyandsell.gc.ca is open for procurement and supply of medical supplies.
  • Ontario announced $75 million for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Ontario has launched a website to assist businesses who wish to provide vital supplies:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-your-organization-can-helpfight-coronavirus
  • Toys R Us will donate baby monitors to facilitate communication between healthcare professionals and patients (March 31,2020)
  • The Ontario government has introduced new penalties for price gouging of essential goods. People are asked to contact Consumer protection Ontario effective on Monday, March 30, 2020:
    • Individuals could face fines up $100,000 or 12 months in jail
    • Companies and Corporations could face fines up to $10 million
    • Corporation or Company Director could face fines of $500,000 or 6 months in jail
  • Ontario has launched www.ontario.ca/togther for businesses to contact the government regarding needed supplies.  The Ontario Together Fund will have $50 million to support re-stocking businesses to meet the demand for supplies. 

Necessary goods include:

    • Masks and gloves used as personal protective equipment concerning infections.
    • Non-prescription medications for the treatment of the symptoms of the Corona Virus.
    • Disinfecting agents intended for cleaning and disinfecting objects or humans.
    • Personal hygiene products, including soap products and paper products.

Amazon Canada will coordinate the distribution of medical supplies to all provinces and territories. (April 3, 2020)

Natural Resources 

The government will provide $1.7B for clean-up of orphan oil wells in AB, BC, SK and NL. This will provide 5200 immediate jobs and allow for development and farming on lands that currently have in-active oil well. (April 17, 2020)

A $750 Emission Reduction Fund to create and use technology to reduce emissions and fix methane leaks.  $75M will go to NL. 

Fish and Seafood

$62.5 Million will be provided by the federal government to purchase PPE and to have recommended health guidelines to protect workers. (April 25, 2020)

$470 in federal money available for Fish Harvesters to cover losses of 25%.  75% of the loss will be covered; Privately owned fisheries may be eligible for grants of up to $10,000. (May 14, 2020)

The Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund is now open for applications. (June 17, 2020)


Municipalities

Ontario is providing $148 million to municipal partners that administer social services with funding to support the province’s most vulnerable as part of the province’s $200 million in social services relief funding. (April 21, 2020)

The federal government is investing $2.2 billion for municipalities through the Gas Tax Fund. Municipalities will receive the full 2020-2021 payment.  No date was given for the payments to be made. (June 1, 2020)

In partnership with the federal government, Ontario will provide up to $4 billion to assist Ontario’s 444 Municipalities. (July 27, 2020)


Travel

Large cruise ships are banned from Canadian waters until October 31, 2020 (May 29, 2020)

The government mandated all flights to put in place temperature checks of all passengers before boarding a plane.  Those with a fever will not be able to board. (June 12, 2020)

Canadians travel within Canada

Effective Noon Monday March 30, 2020 Canadians who have symptom of COVID-19 will be able to board a plane or train to travel.  They must self-isolate in their current location. (Announced March 28, 2020)

Limited border exemptions for immediate family (non-residents)

The government announced a limited exemption to immediate family members of citizens or permanent residents to come to Canada. This includes parents, spouses and children seeking entry into Canada for a minimum of 15 days. A 14-day isolation period will be required but those entering Canada, effective June 9, 2020.

https://www.canada.ca/en/border-services-agency/news/2020/06/changes-to-travel-restrictions-for-immediate-family-members-of-canadian-citizens-and-permanent-residents.html

Foreign Nationals travelling to Canada

  • Entrance to Canada is banned for ALL non-Canadians until further notice (unless covered by the limited exemptions announced June 8, 2020)

Tourism Development Fund

Non-repayable contribution of up to 50% of costs relating to tourism sector development, tourism organization capacity building and other Ontario tourism activity.
The Tourism Development Fund supports projects that encourage three key streams: tourism investment, tourism product development and industry capacity building.

The Tourism Development Fund program provides non-capital, project-based funding to:

  • Develop research-based innovative and emerging tourism sectors;
  • Support tourism organizations’ capacity building;
  • Encourage new private sector tourism investment attraction; and
  • Enhance Ontario’s overall economic competitiveness and opportunities for the Ontario tourism industry.

Who is eligible to apply?

Tourism associations (excluding Regional Tourism Organizations), economic development corporations, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations interested in undertaking tourism-related initiatives which support tourism product development, industry development and increased visitation

Canadians travelling within Canada

Effective Noon Monday, March 30, 2020 Canadians who have symptoms of COVID-19 will be not able to board a plane or train to travel. They must self-isolate in their current location. (Announced March 28, 2020)

Canadians Abroad

All Canadians are urged to register with Global Affairs Canada if they are currently out of Canada or will be travelling out of Canada. Registering online will help the Government contact you: bit.ly/2TXpVvo


Canada and the United States

  • A 30-day extension of the border closing was announced.  The border now will be closed until June 21, 2020. (May 19, 2020)
  • Canada Appointed Kristen Hillman as our new Ambassador to the United States;
  • The Canada-USA land border is closed to all non-Canadians for 30 days (effective March 21, 20202). Exceptions include:
    • Air Flight Crew
    • Truck Drivers
    • Essential worker returning to Canada
    • Persons Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer deems not to be a health risk or those that perform an essential service while in Canada
  • Illegal (irregular) border crossers will be turned back to the USA by CBSA Agents (March 20, 2020)

Canadians returning to Canada

  • International flights continue to be coordinated
    • Air Transat flights from El Salvador and Guatemala have been confirmed
  • 14-day mandatory quarantine for all Canadians and Permanent Residents coming back into Canada from international destinations, enacted at 11:59 pm, Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    • Fines up to $750,000 or Prison time, up to 6 months in jail will be applied for non-compliance
  • Canadians that have symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to board the aircraft and return to Canada.

Emergency Fund for Canadians Abroad

A $5000 loan is being offered to Canadians abroad by Global Affairs Canada. Canadians are to email sos@gc.ca

Non-Canadians Travelling to Canada

Entrance to Canada is banned for ALL non-Canadians until further notice.

Peru

  • Canadians trying to leave Peru have been frustrated with flights selling out quickly. Flight Codes are being issued to allow healthy  Canadians, to board flights back to Canada.
  • The Government is aware that there are more Canadians in Peru than there are flights. They are working toward chartering more flights to repatriate Canadians in the coming days.
  • If a flight code has become ‘invalid’ it does not mean that the passenger has ‘missed’ their chance.
  • There will be additional flights offered in the coming days. If your constituent has not yet received a
    code from Global Affairs it does not mean that they won’t receive one in the future – codes will be sent
    out as more flights become available.

    • Moreover, the Government is aware that there are Canadians who are very far from the airport
      currently receiving flights in Peru. They are also working to find options to address this issue.
    • The best approach for assistance at this time is to reassure everyone that the Government is aware
      of the dire situation Canadians in Peru are facing.
    • Canadians will receive the most up to date information if they register online with Global Affairs
      Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration and email sos@international.gc.ca or call +1 613-
      996-8885.

India

On March 22, 2020, India suspended incoming calls. The following day, a national lock-down was announced with limited internal mobility and domestic transport options.  There are flights from Mumbai and Delhi; 6 flights were planned between April 4-7.  Flights are through the Star Alliance.  The demand will exceed the demand for these flights as there are 6000 Canadians seeking to return to Canada.

The Government of Canada is working with local authorities in India to coordinate land transportation to help Canadians travel to Delhi or Mumbai.  The federal government is looking at the possibility of facilitating flights from other regions.

Cost of tickets

  • Roughly $2900 Canadian.
  • This cost includes travel from India, to London England, then via Air Canada to their destination in Canada.
  • The Government of Canada is aware of the cost of these flights and the cost of these flights will not change.
  • There is a range on price depending on the airline, distance, plane capacity, and a number of other factors.

Getting a ticket

When flights become available, the High Commission sends registered Canadians a notice. The Government of Canada does not have control over who gets seats first, but the local mission works on best geographical fit; date of original flight booked; vulnerability; first come, first serve.

To receive updates, Canadians must register with Global Affairs Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration